Bell Museum Grand Opening

July 13, 2018
8:00am to 5:00pm

After nearly three years of planning, construction and exhibit design and development, the new Bell Museum will open to the public on July 13-15, 2018, with a grand opening celebration made possible by co-presenting sponsors General Mills and McGough Construction, as well as Boston Scientific and 3M. Events are planned to span the weekend, with a special ticketed party on Friday night. Tickets will be available later this spring, after an exclusive presale for new Bell Museum members.

The Bell is the state’s official natural history museum, established by the legislature in 1872. In 2011, the museum merged with the Minnesota Planetarium Society to ensure the return of a dedicated public planetarium to the Twin Cities. The facility's planetarium is situated at the heart of the building, surrounded by high-tech exhibits, renowned wildlife dioramas, and outdoor learning experiences.

The Bell recently launched an all new summer camp program, which begins June 11, 2018, making children in grades K-8 the first official museum guests in the 21st century museum facility. The camp program offers new programs from art to astronomy and for more grade levels than ever before—several camps have already sold out.

Learn more about opening weekend events.